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Synopsis of interview with Heidi Benedikt, former crew member of the MARY A. WHALEN. Recording times in parenthesis are aproximate.  Go to bottom of the page to hear the full interview    (0:10) The delegate of the union convinced me...

Richard Gambino, a retired professor, grew up in Red Hook in the 1950s.  Interviewed by oral historian Shannon Geis in 2013, he recalls it as a close-knit Italian immigrant commumity.  He talks of the customs and traditons of the waterfront...

Gerard Rokosz is a man deeply in love with his former job as the last dry dock manager at Todd Shipyard. At the time of this 2005 interview, he was working for a marina and nostalgic about the shipyard: "seeing my old office collapsing makes me...

Sunny Balzano was the beloved owner of a legendary bar, some 90 years old, which became known as Sunny’s. Born in 1935, Sunny grew up in Red Hook where his father ran the family bar at the foot of Conover St, a stone's throw from the water, and...

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